Riccardi Andrea: on the web

Riccardi Andrea: on social networks

change language
you are in: home - prayer - the everyday prayer contacting usnewsletterlink

Support the Community

  

The Everyday Prayer


 
printable version

Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 21,15-19

When they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, 'Simon son of John, do you love me more than these others do?' He answered, 'Yes, Lord, you know I love you.' Jesus said to him, 'Feed my lambs.'

A second time he said to him, 'Simon son of John, do you love me?' He replied, 'Yes, Lord, you know I love you.' Jesus said to him, 'Look after my sheep.'

Then he said to him a third time, 'Simon son of John, do you love me?' Peter was hurt that he asked him a third time, 'Do you love me?' and said, 'Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.' Jesus said to him, 'Feed my sheep.

In all truth I tell you, when you were young you put on your own belt and walked where you liked; but when you grow old you will stretch out your hands, and somebody else will put a belt round you and take you where you would rather not go.'

In these words he indicated the kind of death by which Peter would give glory to God. After this he said, 'Follow me.'

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Gospel takes us to the days following the resurrection. Jesus is on the shore of the lake of Tiberias, the very place where he had met Peter for the first time and called him to follow him. And, as if to make a new beginning there on that same shore, Jesus asks Peter about the most important thing there is: love. Jesus knows that the only thing that will be able to keep Peter tied to him forever is not his sense of duty or strength of will, but his desire to repay with his own affection the limitless love he has received. This is why Jesus asks him if he loves him three times in a row, as if to emphasize the fact that this is the essential question. It is a question that sums up every word spoken by God: "Do you love me?" At first Peter’s answer is prideful and he is hurt because he thinks that the Lord does not trust him. But the Teacher’s insistence overcomes his resistance and strips bear his weakness, making him feel his deep need to entrust himself once again to Jesus, so that he might learn what it means to love with all his heart, all his mind, and all his strength. Peter will finally find his solidity. But it does not come from the strength of his spirit, as he once thought; it comes from his ability to trust in the Lord completely, and let the Lord guide him to places he had never imagined. This is the fulfilment of the prophecy of a fisherman who will be able to use the net of the Gospel to attract crowds of men and women to the Lord. But it is also the path for every disciple who wants to follow the Lord, because it is only with Jesus that he/she has tasted true life. The disciples do not know where they are going, nor how they will get there, but the sure faithfulness of the Teacher’s love will allow them to respond to the invitation that was made to them: "Follow me."


05/21/2010
Memory of Jesus crucified


Calendar of the week
DEC
4
Sunday, 4 December
Liturgy of the Sunday
DEC
5
Monday, 5 December
Prayer for the Sick
DEC
6
Tuesday, 6 December
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
DEC
7
Wednesday, 7 December
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
DEC
8
Thursday, 8 December
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
DEC
9
Friday, 9 December
Memory of Jesus crucified
DEC
10
Saturday, 10 December
Sunday Vigil
DEC
11
Sunday, 11 December
Liturgy of the Sunday

Per Natale, regala il Natale! Aiutaci a preparare un vero pranzo in famiglia per i nostri amici più poveri